Owing to the rapid increase in global shipping traffic during recent years, there is growing need for constant innovation in the field of maritime surveillance.
Shipping companies deploy modern technologies to ensure enhanced monitoring, efficiency and security of their fleet. Vessel location and navigation systems have become a primary focus.
Earth Observation contributes to maritime surveillance to help manage the actions and events that can have an impact on maritime safety and security, including for marine pollution, accident and disaster response, search and rescue as well as maritime border and fisheries control.
Space-Based Automated Route Planning
“As far as voyage planning is concerned, we are already working on optimizing the automated route calculation based on the influence of integrated Earth observation data”, says Friedhelm Moggert-Kägeler, Head of Product Management at SevenCs GmbH.
SevenCs develops S-57 chart display Kernels for ECDIS, WECDIS and other maritime applications, ENC production and distribution software, and professional maritime navigation software. SevenCs is also project partner of MARSAT, a corporate network of private companies and a research institute that develops new services for the maritime industry using satellite data.
MARSAT project partners include EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG, Drift & Noise Polar Services GmbH, European Space Imaging GmbH, SevenCs GmbH, Trenz AG and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL). They combine extensive experience and expertise in the field of satellite services, software development and maritime services.
“MARSAT is an ambitious project which brings together competence of specialists in satellite data provision and analysis, IT and the maritime industry. This team will lay the ground for improved decision making for shipping route optimization, offshore planning and maintenance as well as emergency events”, said Dr. Knut Hartmann, Project Coordinator MARSAT, EOMAP GmbH & Co KG.
The network that started work in August 2016 creates and integrates operational services to allow the maritime industry to take advantage of the most up-to date satellite information in their daily work.
“For SevenCs, the first MARSAT year offered the opportunity to embark upon completely new activities, e.g. Satellite Derived Bathymetry, as well as working on new innovative solutions for traditional subjects of maritime navigation such as voyage planning. We succeeded in creating new navigational charts for areas with insufficient chart coverage thus enabling skin divers and skippers to securely head for areas of interest”, explains Friedhelm Moggert-Kägeler.
A first MARSAT workshop on 21 September 2017 in Hamburg, Germany provides a platform to discuss these challenges and solutions for the maritime industry in the digital era (Maritime 4.0) with a strong focus on remote sensing, model results and the integration of data into daily practice.
For more details on MARSAT please visit the MARSAT homepage on MARSAT project or email MarsatWorkshop@eomap.de.
EOMAP GmbH & Co.KG, headquartered in Seefeld near Munich in Germany, is a world leading company for optical remote sensing in the aquatic sector. Specializing in marine, coastal and inland water environments with up-to-date technologies, EOMAP guarantees robust and standardized products for a broad range of spatial and temporal resolutions.
Our clients – representing industry, academic and government sectors – benefit from cost and time savings, rapid data access and worldwide coverage. We maintain an active role on national and international levels, adapting operational, standardized technologies and innovation to meet the requirements of our users.